Happy Fall Mateys!
Happy to finally have a dry bilge because it's cool enough to turn OFF the A/C here in the Chesapeake Bay....
One thing about our A/C set up that has me miffed is that the condensate from the two units both drain into the bilge. We NEVER have a dry bilge as a result. It can really get stinky and stagnant at times.
We've puzzled through the options of how to handle the challenge but hubby has concerns about how to get the fluid into an alternate drainage system since the condensate hoses are currently LOWER than alternate options than the bilge. Our fore unit is installled like many others, in the starboard side tilt out drawer under the v-berth. The condensate for that is just under the v and flows down into the main bilge.
The second unit is in the hanging locker in the aft berth and the hose runs into the bilge just below the galley sink.
Has anyone successfully figured out how to drain the condensate OUT without allowing it to fill the bilge?
There were several threads from a few years ago where Hal Baker and I believe Les Troyer were discussing their condensate situations. One had a pump that had been installed by a PO but that was ineffective and subsequently removed.
Is a bilge filled with water just a necessary evil of the necessary blessing of A/C?
Thinking this is a GOOD time to figure out an alternative while the A/C is not needed but it's still warm enough to hang around on the boat!
Cyndi Van Herpe
s/v Slip Away
1995 Catalina 36 Mk II